Undocumented Immigrant Suspected of Killing California Cop Has Been Arrested: Authorities

Manhunt intensifies for illegal alien accused of killing Calif. police officer

The man suspected of killing him the day after Christmas remained at large Friday despite a manhunt and was considered armed and unsafe.

President Donald Trump echoed Christianson's statements late last week, Tweeting, "There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop", he tweeted Thursday".

"Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws, and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh", Christianson said.

When Singh pulled Arriaga over early Wednesday morning, it was because he suspected Arriaga of drunken driving.

Corporal Singh called in a traffic stop shortly before 1 a.m. Singh suspected the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Christianson said the two men "intentionally lied to us, tried to divert us, they misled us, they provided informartion that was false, all in an attempt to protect their brother".

He says that besides Perez Arriaga's brother and co-worker, three others were arrested on suspicion of helping the suspect elude authorities.

Richardson said he appreciated the many tips to investigators into Singh's shooting, but he lamented that people want to remain anonymous in these situations.

Police officer Ronil "Ron" Singh was shot and killed.

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The suspect accused of killing Singh has been identified as 32-year-old Guastavo Perez Arriaga.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department later reported the additional arrests of Perez Arriaga's girlfriend, 30-year-old Ana Leyde Cervantes of Newman and Perez Arriaga's brother, 34-year-old Conrado Virgen Mendoza of Chowchilla.

After a two-day manhunt, police took a suspect into custody for allegedly shooting and killing a California police officer. "That's what we need to get back to, is community, that small town feeling, and let it grow".

President Donald Trump, whose demand that Congress approve $5 billion for a US southern border wall has led to a partial government shutdown, tweeted Thursday about Singh's killing, ending with: "Time to get tough on Border Security".

The suspect, who exchanged fire with Singh, has claimed to be involved with a criminal gang called the Sureños and was trying to escape to Mexico, Christianson said. Jerry Brown says the law permits sharing information on risky gang members with federal authorities.

Christianson said Virgen and Quiroz were also in the United States illegally. "He believed in this community", the chief said at a candlelight vigil that hundreds attended Friday night to honor Singh.

His was the first death in the line of duty in the Newman Police Department.

He was a reserve officer for the Merced County Sheriff and worked as an animal control officer in Turlock before he joined the Newman force. He is originally from Fiji and is survived by his newborn son.

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